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Journal of Ethics, Legal Issues and Psychiatry in Mental Health

Aims and scope

Journal of Ethics, Legal Issues and Psychiatry in Mental Health is an international refereed journal publishes quarterly online open access by KMF. The journal is intended to serve academics, health practitioners, students, family members, caregivers, consumers, and policy makers. We wish it to be a forum for healthy academic and policy debate, but further hope that by design and editorial policy we can produce a tool that is both practical and helpful for frontline workers. We encourage a diversity of perspective and international stance on mental health practice and policy. Our potential topic list is extensive and we are open to new and innovative issue exploration. Manuscripts are welcomed that deal with the interfaces of psychiatry and the legal system and the theory and practice of forensic psychiatry. Content includes correctional psychiatry, psychiatric evaluation of individuals involved with the criminal or civil legal system, ethics, the philosophy of law, legal regulation of psychiatric practice, education and training in the field, and research into causes and treatment of behavioral problems that manifest themselves particularly in individuals who are in contact with the legal system. Articles must be brief and concise. Case studies, reflection pieces, legal discussions, and questions that challenge us to reflect on how we may better serve the most vulnerable among us are welcome. We are further committed to the principle of broad and easy accessibility, and so we have chosen to publish the journal online and make it available free of charge worldwide. All readers and institutions are welcome to download and print out any journal content.

KMF Publication Ethics Statement

Journal of Ethics, Legal Issues and Psychiatry is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. KMF takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. KMF takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use latest software to check submissions against previous publications.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal’s News & Announcements section.

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Journal of Ethics, Legal Issues and Psychiatry will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution Law. The copyright is retained by the author(s). KMF will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2020 by the authors; licensee KMF. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution Law.


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Announcement and Advertisement

Announcements regarding academic activities such as conferences are published for free in the News & Announcements section of the journal. Advertisement can be either published or placed on the pertinent website.